KIOS-FM

Cheril Lee

News Director

My broadcasting career began in the most unlikely of places…Okinawa, Japan.  I was interviewed one afternoon while I was in college and, on a lark, I asked if the TV station needed any volunteers.  They said they could use a weather person who would stick around for at least six months.  Two auditions and one meeting later, I was in front of the cameras Monday through Friday night, giving the weather forecast for the island. 

Did I mention that FEN was the ONLY American TV station on the island?  Well, let’s just say that I got to know what being a celebrity was like, really quickly.  Since I was the only civilian on an all-military newscast, I stood out just a little bit.  It was one of the best times of my life and I worked with eight different news anchors.  This taught me that every broadcaster has a different way of approaching the craft. 

After Japan, I made my way back across the ocean, by way of plane, to the great state of Mississippi.  While there, I anchored daily newscasts at a local station, Northland Cable News.  The station was located in Starkville, the home of Mississippi State University.  While there, I got to attend football games in the press box, which was quite cool until the day they tapped me on the shoulder and informed me that cheering was not allowed in the press box.  Oops.  Again, I learned a little something about retaining one’s professionalism in every situation. 

While in Mississippi, I also made appearances on other TV stations’ breakfast and lunch time shows, usually talking to the hosts about various plays I was appearing in onstage.

My next broadcasting gig was right here in Omaha at KVNO, Classical 90.7 where I became the News Director in 2000.  I remember that my first day was right in the middle of a fund drive.  The Program Director asked me if I wanted to jump in and pitch and I thought, “What the heck is pitching?”  I deferred, telling him I’d participate in the next one.  And participate I did.  While I was there, I did more than 20 fund drives.  Additionally, I anchored several daily newscasts, wrote, produced and delivered the Arts at 8:30 and at the end, hosted a two-hour on-air shift in addition to my other duties.  I learned a lot about classical composers, including the correct pronunciation of Dvorak.

After a decade at KVNO, I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree at UNO, so I left the station to take classes.  But it wasn’t long before the siren song of public radio lured me back.  I started working for KIOS in January of 2010 as a news anchor, reporter and on-air host.  The Saturday morning programs are among my favorites and I love talking with listeners who are as passionate about public radio as I am.

When I’m not talking on the airwaves, I love to act in community theatre productions, rock out to concerts and write.  Traveling has always been a passion of mine.  I’ve been to several countries, including Italy, Japan, Albania, Slovenia, England and my personal favorite, Ireland.  Up next, are the Dominican Republic, France and Scotland. 

Ever the optimist, you will usually hear a smile in my voice when I’m hosting.  It is my goal to be good company as you move through your day.  

Ways to Connect

Omaha Public Schools started holding Open Houses earlier this week. 

With colder weather arriving and the potential for snow accumulation next week, it’s not too early to think about storm preparation.

Winter is upon us here in Nebraska and if you haven’t done it yet, the American Red Cross is advising you to winterize your car.

Next week, Creighton University celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of free events that open to the public.

The Durham Museum invites community members to be a part of its next exhibit, Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two state agencies that serve Nebraska veterans would merge under a new proposal backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency is releasing its proposed recommendation for enhanced transit services in Sarpy County.  The second of two public meetings takes place tomorrow morning in Gretna. 

Researchers have developed an Ebola vaccine that is predicted to have approval from the FDA and the World Health Organization by 2018.

In Fiscal Year 2016, Lutheran Family Services resettled 1,020 refugees from 12 countries, including Syria.

Heartland B-Cycle will partner with the City of Omaha to expand its bike sharing program across the city.

The US Census Bureau released their latest population estimates for all states this month.

Metropolitan Community College’s Foundation received a $40,000 community development grant from First National Bank of Omaha.

Despite the fact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is pulling out of the Health Insurance Marketplace, there are still about 15 plans to choose from in the state.

This month's OPS Student Spotlight focuses on AIM award winner Grace Erixon,  a junior at North Omaha High School...

The Peter Kiewit Foundation’s ArtStock Funding Initiative offers a two-pronged approach with both grants and a learning series for Omaha area arts and culture organizations.

Beginning January 12th, new board members-elect, Craig Moody and Rick Yoder will take their seats on the OPPD board.

For many, the holiday season is about giving back to others. 

DLR Group recently hosted a Student Innovation Challenge where they invited four schools to consider a problem they were passionate about and then find a solution for it. Here’s Omaha Public Radio’s Cheril Lee with more…

  

  

Since the week of Thanksgiving, OPPD has had 90 reports of scam phone calls.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 43 million adults in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult or disabled child in the last 12 months.

Cheril Lee, KIOS’ News Director, sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week to talk about the district’s most recent achievements and challenges…

Omaha is a language that has been endangered for decades and is currently struggling to add new speakers.

KIOS News Director Cheril Lee sat down with OPS’ Superintendent Mark Evans last week to talk about the district’s most recent challenges and achievements…

  

  

  

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:30.

Last week, a student attending classes at Benson High School went to a doctor’s appointment and tested positive for active Tuberculosis.

This Sunday, the Wells Fargo Family Festival offers the community the opportunity to visit six different venues across the downtown area.

Collaborative Intelligence is the topic of the next ICAN Leadership Exchange Speaker Series.

Eighth through twelfth grade students are encouraged to enter the 16th Annual Teen Poetry Bash hosted at the W. Dale Clark Library downtown this Saturday.

The AIM award recognizes local talent and community builders in the technology community of Omaha.  Grace Erixon is the first high school student to win the award. 

The UNMC ice skating rink opened this past weekend and will remain open through February 5th.

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